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Chat Specials BEST OF 3 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

As we slowly adjust to a new normal, we’ve packed this edition of Chat with everything you need to keep yourself busy and entertained. We may not be able to jet off on exotic holidays just yet, but you don’t need to look too far to find adventure. Head over to page 40 for some great secluded beaches to help you relax without the summer crowds, and if you love being outdoors, check out some stunning glamping spots on page 26. This month, we’re all about grabbing life by the horns – it’s never too late to try something new! While rock climbing isn’t something we’d usually associate with the over 70s, Kate (pg16) is here to prove us all wrong. At 77, she believes that age is just a number when it comes…

6 min
horror calling

Teresa Townsley, 38, Edinburgh I stood at the bottom of the stairs, peering up. ‘Do you want cream in your hot chocolate?’ I called up. ‘Yes please Mummy!’ my little girl Miley, six, shouted back. I squirted cream onto the steaming hot mugs of cocoa and carried them upstairs, where Miley and I were having a chilled Friday night watching films in bed. It was so lovely to sit back and relax after a long week of being a full-time mum. It was November 2018 in Edinburgh, so snuggling under a blanket was bliss. My partner at the time, John*, 41, was fast asleep in front of the TV downstairs. ‘I’m hungry! How long until the food arrives?’ Miley moaned. ‘Not long darling!’ I said, trying to distract her by suggesting we put on Frozen . We had ordered…

7 min
rising fear

Vicky Murphy, 37, Newquay As the sand squelched under my welly boots, I clasped my boyfriend Marc’s hand and smiled. Strolling along the sands of Chapel Porth beach in St Agnes, Cornwall, we wound around the headland towards a secluded cove just a few minutes’ walk away. It was 24 May 2009, and Marc, then 26, and I were on a much-needed break from our busy lives in Swanscombe, Kent. I’d always loved this part of the country – Marc and I had even talked about moving down here. Now, though, at 35 weeks pregnant, I knew there wouldn’t be another opportunity where I’d be able to manage the walk, so I soaked it all up. ‘I can’t wait to know what we’re having,’ I smiled to Marc. By the time we reached the cove, I…

2 min
my lifeline

Megan Taylor, 24, Kingston Upon Thames Bounding into the room, Rowley the black lab was a bundle of energy. ‘He’s gorgeous,’ I beamed, giving him some fuss. But before we had time to get properly acquainted, Rowley was off, grabbing hold of the office door stop and parading around the room with it. ‘He’s certainly full of character,’ I chuckled. And as I sat with my grandparents and a trainer, they all seemed to agree. I was meeting Rowley to find out if he could be my assistance dog. He was lovely and his cheeky personality soon won me over. At just 15-years-old I’d sustained a serious head injury after collapsing due to an undiagnosed heart condition. It meant I’d been left with permanent damage to my hearing, vision and balance. I’m now registered severely sight impaired, but…

3 min
molly’s natural instinct

Colin Butcher, 60, Surrey Scouring the countryside in West Sussex, I was looking for a cat aptly named Houdini. ‘Where is she?’ I said, looking to my six-year-old cocker spaniel, Molly. Her head to the ground, it didn’t take long for Molly to pick up on the cat’s scent and start re-tracing it’s steps. ‘Good girl,’ I said, handing her a treat for her efforts as we continued to make our way through the fields. We’d only been searching for an hour or so, but I knew it wouldn’t take long for Molly to find this runaway. In fact, Molly was a bit of an expert when it came to finding missing cats. Catching them was her job and she loved it. Since 2016, she’d been helping me in my work as a pet detective. I’ve been searching for…

1 min
meet the world’s tallest dog!

An enormous Great Dane, named Freddy, has officially been crowned the world’s tallest dog. The Guinness World Record holder, who lives with his owner Claire Stoneman in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, measures in at a whopping 1.035m (3ft 4.75in). Standing on his hind legs, the gigantic pooch is 7ft 6in tall and towers over Claire who is 5ft 4in. But as a puppy, Freddy was the runt of the litter and Claire had no idea he would ever grow to be as tall as he is. Now eight years old, the Great Dane weighs around 15 stone and eats a kilogram of minced beef every day. The gentle giant also lives with his sister, Fleur, who came from the same litter and between them, the pair have a taste for sofas. Over the years, the siblings…